The latest Marvel Television series to be adapted for the small screen is the ‘Runaways,’ which is a popular comic book series based within the Marvel Universe. It was announced today that the story will be turned into a series for Hulu.
The concept of the comic-book isn’t vastly different from Disney’s popular ‘Descendants’ franchise. A group of teenagers rebel against their evil parents, forming a ragtag bunch of crime-fighters. The crew, which doesn’t exactly get along at first, will fight evil (and their parents) in either 2017 or even possibly 2018. The series is based on the work created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.
Marvel made the official confirmation earlier today. “We’ve known the Runaways’ story would make great television,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, “and being lucky enough to have Josh and Stephanie–who have time and again created shows that speak so genuinely to this exact audience–write and produce the series is nothing short of remarkable.”
“I’m a long-time fan of Runaways and couldn’t be more excited to bring Brian and Adrian’s characters to life,” said Schwartz. Savage continued, “Josh and I can’t wait to get to work for Marvel and Hulu.”
Casting for the series has not yet started, but the show will be Executive Produced by series Co-Showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (“The O.C.”, “Gossip Girl”) along with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”) Marvel also stated that “Fake Empire’s” Lis Rowinski will produce as well.
The show, which will be a co-production with ABC Signature Studios, does not have an exact premiere window scheduled at this time. With Jessica Jones and Daredevil scoring high on Netflix, and Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Defenders soon to follow, it’s not a surprise that Hulu wants a Marvel series all to its own. Hulu does offer episodes of non-Marvel series that are on Television, like FOX’s Gotham and the CW’s Arrow and The Flash series. ABC, which like Marvel is owned by Disney, hasn’t always been great with offering its shows on Hulu in the past. It’s nice to see the network playing nice with the popular streaming service, and hopefully a release date will soon be announced.